It's hard to believe that we've been in Ripon for almost 8 weeks now, having arrived here on August 12th. For the first 2 weeks or so, it felt like we were on an extended vacation and would be heading back to the Pacific Northwest. But it didn't take that long before we settled in and it's definitely feeling like home now. While it wasn't easy to leave our former church, we feel very blessed that the Lord has led us to a group of people who are excited about the future ministry here and who love to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ from Lord's Day to Lord's Day. The girls have settled into school quite nicely...Corinne is on the 7th Grade Girls' Volleyball team and Kim will be in the High School play in November (Anne of Green Gables). They're also quite busy with church activities (GEMS for Corinne, high school youth group for Kim). My wife is adjusting to life with both girls in school and is busy with ladies' Bible study at church and getting a new house in order. We're also excited about all the new places to discover around here. While we've yet to get to Yosemite, we've been to San Francisco, Monterey, and Santa Cruz. I've also attended a SF Giants game with some of the men of the church. I'm very much excited to be around so many Giants fan, having been a LA Dodgers-despiser my entire life. Following are just a few pictures from our first 8 weeks here...
My messy office as I unpack 60 boxes of books
Church picnic (complete with water slide)
Ripon Christian Knights 7th Grade Girls' Volleyball game
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